Requirements to connect to the Stanford Network

All devices that connect to the Stanford network must be registered in the University's centralized device database.  Additionally, Mac and Windows computers must meet minimum security requirements. Specifically, a password to log onto the computer, an up to date operating system, and anti-virus software.  The registration process is designed to verify these conditions or, if not met, guide the user through the steps to meet these conditions. Students who live on campus will register devices at Off-campus students, faculty and staff will register devices at

Lastly, all University staff (and some students too, depending on their department) are required to encrypt all Windows and Mac computers, as well as Apple and Android mobile devices that are used by employees on the campus network, including those used for personal use only.  For more information on the Encryption Compliance Initiative, visit: 



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